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Bengaluru: 2 Congress MLAs spurn Ramulu’s overtures

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 23, 2018, 3:46 am IST
Updated Oct 23, 2018, 3:46 am IST
As Ballari has a high concentration of tribal votes, all parties are devising strategies to woo these communities.
Congress legislators B. Nagendra and E. Thukaram
 Congress legislators B. Nagendra and E. Thukaram

Bengaluru: Senior BJP leader B. Sriramulu appears to have failed in his efforts to woo two Congress legislators from Ballari district to  back his sister, J. Shantha, who has been fielded by the saffron party from the iron ore rich constituency in the November 3  Lok Sabha bypoll.

Sources in the Congress party say Mr Sriramulu reached out to  Congress legislators, B. Nagendra and E. Thukaram, who are also scheduled tribe leaders like him, for support, but was firmly turned down by the MLAs, who refused to betray their party. 

 

This has upset Mr Sriramulu’s strategy to divide the Congress party and defeat its candidate V.S. Ugrappa who is also a Scheduled Tribe leader from Pavagada in Tumakuru district. 

As Ballari has a high concentration of tribal votes, all parties are devising strategies to woo these communities. While Mr Thukaram is a Myasa Nayaka, who make up 80 per cent of the constituency’s tribal vote, Mr Nagendra , Mr Ugrappa and Mr Sriramulu belong to the tribal sub sect of Ooru Nayaka. 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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